Sumary of COVID-19 testing not an effective alternative to mandatory vaccines, experts say:
- Experts say that regular testing for COVID-19 is not an effective alternative to mandatory vaccinations to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Testing as an alternative to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines has appeared in policies across the country for a number of settings.
- Ontario has allowed COVID-19 testing as an alternative to mandatory vaccines at high-risk environments, such as hospitals and schools, while Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont.
- , and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver have also allowed testing rather than vaccination.
- Carleton University tightens COVID-19 vaccine mandate, limits testing workarounds Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has proposed that unvaccinated civil servants and domestic travellers can show a negative COVID-19 test or do rapid testing on the spot as opposed to being vaccinated if he were elected prime minister.
- “[Testing] is not really that effective,” said Dr. Alon Vaisman, an infection control physician at Toronto’s University Health Network.
- “It depends on what the testing format you use, first of all, and second of all, how frequently you do it.
- ” 2:17 COVID-19: Ontario’s unvaccinated education workers will be tested twice a week COVID-19: Ontario’s unvaccinated education workers will be tested twice a week Vaisman said there are two primary types of COVID-19 testing: rapid testing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.